How to turn an RPG into a board game in 147 easy steps – part 3

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So about a year and a half ago I took a break from designing Forge War to design a tactical combat game that involved players each controlling a large group of characters all fighting against a common enemy. I absolutely loved some aspects of the game, but it never clicked because, in the end, everything was just too complicated and time consuming.

You see, I think I was trying to design a video game. If everything you needed to keep track of in the game could be managed by some automated program, it would be great, but it was board game. Players had to keep track of all that information, and it just didn’t workContinue Reading

How to turn an RPG into a board game in 147 steps – part 2

I was ruminating last week on the nature of reducing a tabletop RPG game master into a deck of cards, and I’d like to get back to that. Keep in mind, though, that it’s a big undertaking. The game master isn’t just responsible for generating the world in which the players inhabit, but also makingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

How to turn an RPG into a board game in 147 easy steps – part 1

I love telling stories. I love doing a lot of different things, but stories are as good of a place as any to start. The thing about stories, though, is that they can be somewhat limiting. Because stories, by definition, have certain necessary characteristics. Things like “beginnings” and “ends” and “plots.” Don’t get me wrong,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Thoughts on the new year

Well, here we are. 2015. I graduated high school in 2000, and that entire year seemed so monumental. The end of a millenium. The end of my childhood. Moving on into independence as we all moved into starting the date with a 2 instead of a 1. I gotta tell you, though, ever since then, thingsContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Thoughts on the old year

So there’s this question that I encounter every so often. I think the last time was when I applied to the King of the Nerds: “What are some of your biggest accomplishments?” It’s a question I always found difficult to answer. Before last year, what had I really accomplished with my life?Continue Reading

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